BANA is a member of the The Windsor Essex Association for Volunteer Administration (WEAVA). As part of this group BANA, along with WEAVA’s other members, are committed to excellence in volunteer management. WEAVA’s mandate is to be the leading organization for volunteer administrators, offering high-quality professional development and networking opportunities. Members represent non-profit organizations, government agencies and corporate programs. Each year WEAVA publishes a special insert publication in the Windsor Star featuring articles and stories about local agencies and their volunteers.
BANA is pleased to have had Chris Iliou, our 2013 Volunteer of the Year contribute to the project with his story.
‘I wanted to help any way I could’ chrisI became familiar with the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) through a former staff member but I only had a vague understanding of the organization; I did not know exactly what BANA did or how they did it. Before I joined BANA’s volunteer staff, eating disorders were conditions that I had heard and read about but they were distant with no personal connections.
I started meeting people who struggled with eating disorders and saw the negative effects of the disorders firsthand. This left me in a place where I wanted to help any way I could but I still lacked the knowledge and resources to do so. Through conversations with the former staff member, who I respect greatly for her knowledge, dedication and compassion, I learned more about BANA and what they did. I wanted to help them deliver their services and applied to become one of their volunteers.
The BANA staff members have been friendly and welcoming from my first day in the office to the present. They are always willing to answer any questions and bring an amazing amount of passion to their work. From treatment to information sessions to preventive measures, their tireless efforts have touched many lives throughout the Windsor-Essex area.
I have enjoyed every activity and event that I have taken part in and look forward to joining the BANA team for future events.
– Chris Iliou
The original publication ran in the Windsor Star April 15th (during volunteer week).
To view a copy of Chris’ Story CLICK HERE
To view a copy of the WEAVA’s publication CLICK HERE